Mepin Second Edition

MEPIN Rolls Out Capacity Building Workshops

Workshop on Responsible Conduct of Research

 A 3-day workshop on Responsible Conduct of Research (8TH – 10TH June, 2011) was conducted for students and faculty members who conduct research drawn from the 6 MEPIN consortium institutions in Nigeria. Investigators from Northwestern University severed as Facilitators at the workshop.  The participants were taken through the basics of history of unethical research, the role of Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other regulatory guidance, and ethical principles and professional norms involved in activities related to the practice of scientific investigation as outlined by the US National Institute of Health (NIH). The training used participatory approach. At the end of the workshop, participants recommended as follows:
  • That all MEPIN universities should set up Office of Research Integrity (ORI) as is the practice elsewhere. 
  • That all MEPIN Universities should put in place mentorship policy which shall ensure that researchers of responsible conduct are produced and reproduced for our institutions.
  • That all RCR course participants should take CITI good clinical practice course and take CITI online examination.  CITI certification is a requirement for application to access NIH and other research grants.
  • That MEPIN universities should as a matter of urgency put in place Conflict of Interest (COI) policy as another tool for RCR.

Prof. Rob Murphy during the workshop

Certificates of attendance were given to the participants at the end of the workshop.

Institution

Male

Female

Total

University of Ibadan

33

23

56

Ahmadu Bello University

4

0

4

University of Nigeria

6

3

9

University of Jos

7

2

9

University of Maiduguri

3

0

3

University of Lagos

5

4

9

APIN

2

4

6

Total

60

36

96

Distribution of participants that attended the Responsible Conduct of Workshop

 

 

Workshop on Grant Writing

As part of the capacity building of the MEPIN programme, a 3-day (13th - 15th June, 2011) capacity building workshop was organized to promote grant writing skills among medical researchers. The participants were from the 6 consortium institutions in Nigeria; University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria Nsuka, Ahmadu Belo University Zaria, University of Jos, University of Lagos, and University of Maiduguri. The workshop covered various topics including grant fundamentals, planning the application strategy and the application format. Other key topics were grant submission, scope, budget and use of bibliography/references, mentorship, collaboration, facilities, resources/ equipment required for effective research enterprise in a University.

Institution

Male

Female

Total

University of Ibadan

31

30

61

Ahmadu Bello University

5

0

5

University of Nigeria

2

1

3

University of Jos

7

0

7

University of Maiduguri

5

0

5

University of Lagos

4

4

8

APIN

4

3

7

Total

58

38

96

Distribution of participants that attended the Grant Writing Workshop

A cross section of participants at the workshop

The workshop included practical sessions where participants worked in groups to review two applications and score mock grants using the NIH scoring criteria. The workshop ended with the participants expressing better understanding of the key principles of grant writing and grant peer review as well as the use of instructions, guidelines and requirements provided for better grant writing. The participants were encouraged to use the resources in the training manuals and CD’s to step down the training in their institutions. Participants were presented with certificate of attendance at the end of the workshop.

Workshop on Research Methodology

In continuation of the MEPIN capacity building activities, a 3-day workshop on research Methodology (28th - 30th July 2011) was organized for post-graduate students and resident doctors drawn from the 6 members’ consortium Institutions in Nigeria. The resource persons were Prof Robert Murphy and   Dr. Chad Achenbach from the Northwestern University, Chicago, US. Also present at the workshop were Prof. D.O. Olaleye (Principal Investigator), Prof I.F Adewole (Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan), Prof. O.O. Akinyinka (Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan), Prof. T. Alonge (Chief Medical Director of University College Hosiptal Ibadan), Prof. A.O Omigbodun and Dr G.N Odaibo.

From the left, Prof. D.O Olaleye (Principal Investigator), Prof. A.O Omigbodun (MEPIN Consortium member), Prof. T. Alonge (Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan) at the workshop.

The participants were taken through the various elements of medical research protocol including study design (basic medical research, clinical research and Epidemiological studies), sample size calculation, data management and analysis, participants’ protection issues. The training was participatory with a lot of experience sharing by the facilitators and participants. Certificates of participation were given to the participants at the end of the workshop.

Group Photograph of participants at the workshop

 

 

Workshop on Manuscript Writing


 A 3-days workshop on Manuscript Writing (1st – 3rd August, 2011) was implemented for Faculty members, Medical Residents, PhD Students. Eighty participants attended the workshop from the 6  consortium institutions. The resource persons were Prof Robert Murphy and Prof Chad Achenbach from US. The workshop was designed to improve the participants’ ability to write clear and logical sentences and paragraphs for manuscript preparation; develop well – organized tables and graphs for manuscripts; identify key steps in the manuscript writing process; described reasons manuscript are accepted or rejected for publication by reviewers and also identify key steps in the publication process.

A Cross-section of participants and facilitators

The workshop covered various areas including overview of scientific communication, structure of a manuscript, principles of written communication (writing readable sentences and paragraphs) and elements a good manuscript. There were also presentations on the essentials of good cover letter, selection of good journals and how to responding to reviewers’ comments. Participants also gained hands-on experience in manuscript writing and review process. At the end of the workshop, participants affirmed that their the workshop will contribute immensely to their career development. Certificates of attendance were presented to all the participants at the end of the workshop by Professor Issac Adewole, the Vice-Chancellor of University.

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Adewole presenting certificate of attendance to one of the participants

Dr. Chad Achenbach (extreme left) followed by Dr. G.N Odaibo, Prof. Paula Carney, Prof. I.F  Adewole (extreme right) at the end of the workshop.

About Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria (MEPIN)


MEPIN consortium is supported by Forgaty International Center of the US Government National Institute of Health (NIH), FIC. It is led by the University of Ibadan and includes five other Universities in Nigeria (University of Lagos, University of Jos, University of Nigeria, University of Maiduguri, Ahmadu Bello University). The consortium also includes a leading NGO in Nigeria, APIN as well as two US institutions- Harvard School of Public Health, Boston and the Northwestern University, Chicago. All the institutions making up MEPIN consortium have been long-term development partners in the Harvard PEPFAR programme in Nigeria with 6-10 years of collaboration. The main focus of the consortium is capacity building in medical education and research; and the target is to train additional health workers including medical graduates, physician trainees, and public health graduate and other health professional in all the 6 universities in the consortium.

Upcoming Events

  • MEPIN Annual Faculty Retreat

(19th and 20th September, 2011)

 

 
 

For Further information, contact:

The Principal Investigator,

MEPIN

Email: [email protected]

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Tel: 08137199137

University of Ibadan.

Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria is support by US National Institute of Health and Forgaty International